This beautiful work of Brutalist Modern design is by Icelandic pottery studio Glit. Germany has Fat Lava, France has Foam Lava and well, Iceland has Lava - real lava - incorporated into the body of ceramics.
The rarity of this particular piece comes from the exquisite flurrying Pale Steel-blue and white glaze decorating the dish. The glaze evenly encircles the interior of the dish which flows over the edge and through the band of lava shards in rivulets. The bottom half and base glaze of the dish is a contrasting Steel blue in deeper tones that makes the feature decor all the more prominent.
It's easy to see why these pieces are sought after and how the skill in creating these pieces is being celebrated. The poetic colour palette of these works reflects the original inspiration that sparked its creation - the Icelandic landscape which the mineral, clay and lava were taken from.
This piece additionally features Kintsugi golden seams following careful repairing and highlighting. The Kintsugi technique is modern and has been applied in a tactile manner, a deliberate contrast to the blue glaze with its golden tone.
Excellent. This piece has been carefully repaired using a robust water-resistant and durable resin. There is the mildest wear on the underside of the dish which has been mentioned for completeness. Please see photographs as they form part of the condition report. The underside bears Glit's label and numbering of '31111'
Height: c. 4.9" / 12.5 cm high by c. 5.3" / 13.6 cm diameter (across rim, the widest point). Base diameter: c. 3.2" / 8.1 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.5 kg / 534 g
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A BIT OF HISTORY
Glit Reykjavik Pottery was the only ceramic factory in Iceland when it was founded by Ragnar Kjartansson, sculptor and ceramic artist (b.1923 - d.1989) in 1958. Kjartansson founded Glit together with Einar Eliasson, Pétur Saemundsen. Kjartansson was a member of the Icelandic Sculptors Society, which he established in the Icelandic capital in 1972. Glit was adamantly devoted to utilising Icelandic clay and ground minerals in production during its first decade of operation—especially hardened lava. In many ways, the studio, was well ahead of its time — making deep impressions in the history of Icelandic ceramic art.
Many of the country’s best-known 20th-century artists worked at Glit at one point or another, the place became known as an artistic breeding ground, especially during the time when Ragnar was in charge of the manufacturing workshop at Othinsgata. Technological advances and the desire to increase production led Glit to shift gears, moving them from Iceland’s history of art and design and into its industrial history.
Kintsugi is a Japanese philosophy with similarities to the philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, which includes ideas surrounding the embracing of the flawed or imperfect. The art of Kintsugi ("golden joinery") is the repairing of broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. The aesthetics of this philosophy values breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.